Second-seeded Novak Djokovic turned in a routine performance to eliminate Tommy Robredo in fourth round at the Sony Open Tennis 2014. The Serbian champion made his way into the quarter-finals without dropping a serve, whilst the sixteenth seed Spaniard will be disappointed over Novak converting both of the break points he had produced. Nole first shocked the opponent in the fourth game of the opener and pulled 4-1 ahead after saving a break back point. He capitalized on the set point number one to grab the set. The Miami crowd witnessed a neck-and-neck race in the second set until the eleventh game where Djokovic again took Robredo by surprise before holding to love for a 6-3, 7-5 victory. He should be facing a tougher challenge in the last 8 where he will square off against defending champion Andy Murray.
“[It was a] very solid win,” said Djokovic. “I made him play an extra shot in important moments and that’s why I’m satisfied with the overall match today.”
The sixth seed British player recorded a comfortable straight sets win over Joe-Wilfried Tsonga. The eleventh-seeded Frenchman did not create a single break point chance during the encounter, whilst Murray converted on four occasions. He broke the deadlock early in the opener to establish a 3-1 lead and seized the set confidently. The set number two was a stroll in the park for the reigning Wimbledon king as he threw in a six straight games run to brush aside his helpless rival and clinch the quarter-ticket after the second match point. The result: 6-4, 6-1 in favor of the Scotsman who also conquered the tournament in 2009. Murray and Djokovic, an owner of three Miami trophies, will be on the opposite sides of the net for the first time after the historic Wimbledon title clash last July. The Serb leads the head-to-head series 11-8.
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